March 11, 2020
Dear AIA Members:
My name is Derek Counts and I am writing to you as the newly elected Chair of the Nominating Committee to invite your help in identifying potential candidates for open positions on the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Governing Board. Other members of the AIA Nominating Committee are David Adam, Elizabeth Greene, Barbara Meyer, Thomas Morton, and Robert Rothberg.
The Nominating Committee is collecting names of potential candidates for the following positions, with terms starting in January 2021:
Vice-President for Societies
Trustees, multiple vacancies across all three categories
General Trustee (runs unopposed)
I invite you to suggest people you think would serve the AIA Governing Board well. All candidates to the Governing Board must be AIA members at the time their nomination is presented to the Council, and nominees for Academic and Society Trustee must have been members for two consecutive years to be qualified. For more information regarding the specific qualifications of each type of Governing Board member, please refer to Articles IV and VI in the AIA Regulations. The ideal member is deeply interested in and informed about archaeology, willing and available to participate in governance, and has a commitment to the fundraising needs of the institution. As Chair, I am also particularly interested in individuals that can bring new, diverse voices and fresh perspectives to AIA governance. I should add that this includes yourself if you think you would like to serve the AIA at this level.
Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions before April 1, 2020. With your nomination, please provide the nominee’s email address and a few sentences explaining why you think that person might be a good AIA Governing Board member. The Nominating Committee will consider all suggestions, but our role is to vet and select the requisite candidates for the ballot. If you speak to a potential candidate, please make it clear that your inquiry is informal, and does not guarantee a spot on the ballot or election to the position, but do ascertain that they are willing to serve.
Thank you for your help with this process.
Professor Derek B. Counts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Chair, AIA Nominating Committee